Christmas sides and sauces

Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without bread sauce and brussels sprouts. Here is our definitive collection of classic Christmas sauce and side dish recipes to help you prepare the ultimate festive feast.

Christmas sides and sauces

Bread sauce recipes

Fresh creamy bread sauce

Fresh creamy bread sauce

A delicious side dish to accompany your roast.

Bread sauce

Bread sauce

Bread sauce is a delicious addition to a poultry roast or Christmas lunch and can be frozen in advance. Try making with half brown breadcrumbs for a nutty taste.

Classic bread sauce

Classic bread sauce

This classic bread sauce is the perfect accompaniment to turkey or chicken.

Best ever bread sauce

Best ever bread sauce

Simple, creamy and a must with turkey, this bread sauce recipe will complete your roast dinner.

Creamy bread sauce

Creamy bread sauce

Give your Christmas meal a lift with this luxury bread sauce.

Bread sauce

Bread sauce

No roast is complete without this delicious side dish.

Bread sauce

Bread sauce

Every roast needs a tasty serving of this classic sauce.

 


Cranberry sauce recipes

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce

A turkey roast isn't complete with cranberry sauce, and home-made is infinitely better. For ease, this recipe can be prepared ahead and frozen.

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce

This fabulous side dish is the perfect accompaniment to your roast.

Cranberry, port and orange sauce

Cranberry, port and orange sauce

It just wouldn't be Christmas without cranberry sauce and they don't get much better than this one.

Cranberry sauce with vodka

Cranberry sauce with vodka

A delicious side dish to accompany your roast.

Cranberry, port and rosemary sauce

Cranberry, port and rosemary sauce

The aromatic rosemary leaves and ruby port give layers of flavour to this traditional accompaniment to a Christmas feast.

Cranberry, orange and thyme sauce

Cranberry, orange and thyme sauce

Add some orange and thyme to this recipe to give your cranberry sauce an extra something special for Christmas dinner.

Classic cranberry sauce

Classic cranberry sauce

This classic cranberry sauce recipe is so easy you'll wonder why you ever used shop-bought.

Mulled cranberry sauce

Mulled cranberry sauce

This cranberry sauce has a real kick to it - an exciting accompaniment to your Christmas spread.

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce

This side dish is the perfect partner to a roast dinner.

 


Brussels sprout recipes

Sprouts with fried black pudding

Sprouts with fried black pudding

Our meaty tribute to traditional sprouts pays homage to Scotland, which is why this recipe is part of our Scottish menu.

Sprouts with creme fraiche and pancetta

Sprouts with creme fraiche and pancetta

A creamy sprouts recipe to accompany your roast.

Stir-fried sprouts with nutmeg

Stir-fried sprouts with nutmeg

Convert a sprout-hater with this quick recipe.

Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and orange herb butter

Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and orange herb butter

The days of soggy sprouts are now far behind us. Banish them from your memory for ever with this simple recipe.

Nigel Slater's brussels sprouts, bacon and almonds recipe

Nigel Slater's brussels sprouts, bacon and almonds recipe

This simple recipe by Nigel Slater is the perfect combination of brussels sprouts, almonds and streaky bacon.

Buttered sprouts with crispy bacon rolls

Buttered sprouts with crispy bacon rolls

The salty, crisp bacon works well with the green vegetables, adding another dimension to a bowl of humble sprouts.

Sprouts with lemon parsley crumbs

Sprouts with lemon parsley crumbs

Crunchy lemony crumbs add flavour to a traditional sprout recipe. This dish can be frozen ahead.

Braised sprouts with thyme butter

Braised sprouts with thyme butter

A delicious side dish to accompany your roast.

Brussels sprouts with chestnut butter

Brussels sprouts with chestnut butter

Ring the changes with this brussels sprout and chestnut side dish.

Brussels sprouts with spiced breadcrumbs

Brussels sprouts with spiced breadcrumbs

Don't let your brussels be boring this Christmas - try this variation on an Italian recipe.

Sprout tops with browned butter and hazelnuts

Sprout tops with browned butter and hazelnuts

Sprout tops come with lots of stalk, so you need to buy quite a few to give you enough to feed a crowd.

 


Parsnip recipes

Roast parsnips with rosemary and garlic

Roast parsnips with rosemary and garlic

These easy roasted parsnips make a great side dish to accompany a roast.

Honeyed roast parsnips and carrots with Parmesan

Honeyed roast parsnips and carrots with Parmesan

A healthy but subtly delicious side dish to accompany your roast dinner.

Honey butter carrots and parsnips

Honey butter carrots and parsnips

These fantastic vegetables are combined to make a tasty roasted favourite.

Roasted root vegetables

Roasted root vegetables

Try this veggie-friendly dish of roast roots of squash and carrots with your roast dinner.

Parsnips with coconut and ginger

Parsnips with coconut and ginger

Have a go at this deliciously different parsnip recipe.

Carrots and parsnips with maple and orange glaze

Carrots and parsnips with maple and orange glaze

These sweet glazed vegetables are a notable accompaniment to a Christmas lunch. Even better, they can be frozen in advance.

Sticky roast carrots and parsnips with hazelnuts 
and balsamic

Sticky roast carrots and parsnips with hazelnuts and balsamic

A sticky, sweet and sour roast vegetable dish with the added taste and crunch of hazelnuts.

Buttery glazed carrots

Buttery glazed carrots

Make this glazed carrot recipe with butter, sugar and parsley to serve with your roast.

Carrots with thyme and chilli

Carrots with thyme and chilli

Jazz up your carrots with chilli and thyme in this simple to prepare dish.

Roasted carrots with baby turnips

Roasted carrots with baby turnips

Turnips and carrots roast brilliantly and go so well with beef.

Roast carrots and parsnips with walnut sauce

Roast carrots and parsnips with walnut sauce

Go back to your roots this Christmas with these roast parsnips and carrots.

Glazed chantenay carrots

Glazed chantenay carrots

MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker has created a showstopper menu for delicious. This side dish uses sweet, succulent chantenay carrots.

Heather honey-roast carrots

Heather honey-roast carrots

These sweet carrots are lightly scented with heather, and are one of the Caledonian-inspired dishes on our Scottish menu.

 


Red cabbage recipes

Spiced red cabbage

Spiced red cabbage

Red cabbage is a classic winter vegetable and here it is transformed into a delicious spicy side dish.

Stir-fried red cabbage with juniper and pears

Stir-fried red cabbage with juniper and pears

This stir-fried red cabbage recipe has the added benefit of succulent pears and fragrant juniper.

Spiced red cabbage

Spiced red cabbage

This cabbage dish can be made up to two days ahead. Simply cover and chill until needed. Try it with Roast goose and Hasselback potatoes.

Christmas red cabbage

Christmas red cabbage

This red cabbage recipe is a great alternative to sprouts for Christmas dinner.

Balsamic red cabbage

Balsamic red cabbage

A delicious side dish to accompany your roast.

 


Trimmings

Sausages wrapped in bacon with rosemary

Sausages wrapped in bacon with rosemary

These sausages are best served at Christmas lunch with the stuffing-filled roasted red onions. Can be frozen.

Maple and mustard sausages wrapped in pancetta

Maple and mustard sausages wrapped in pancetta

This side dish will go perfectly with a roast chicken.

 


Stuffing

Sausage stuffing balls

Sausage stuffing balls

Use the leftover sausagement stuffing from Christmas Day for these moreish sausage balls.

Pancetta, Parmesan and lemon stuffing rolls

Pancetta, Parmesan and lemon stuffing rolls

Re-invent Christmas stuffing with this easy Italian recipe.

Stuffing-filled roasted red onions

Stuffing-filled roasted red onions

This recipe for stuffed red onions may sound fiddly, but it’s actually very simple.

Gluten-free and dairy-free apricot and chestnut stuffing

Gluten-free and dairy-free apricot and chestnut stuffing

This stuffing by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne is ideal for those with an allergy or food intolerance.

Parsley, lemon and thyme stuffing

Parsley, lemon and thyme stuffing

This written-for-children recipe for stuffing makes enough to stuff a 1.4kg chicken.

Chestnut and pork herb stuffing

Chestnut and pork herb stuffing

This herby, meaty, nutty stuffing is about as divine as stuffing gets.

 


Gravy

Garlic and anchovy gravy for lamb and beef

Garlic and anchovy gravy for lamb and beef

This gravy goes beautifully with lamb and beef and makes a pleasant change from traditional gravy.

White gravy for roast poultry

White gravy for roast poultry

A gorgeous chicken-infused light gravy that’s perfectly suited to poultry.

Christmas turkey gravy

Christmas turkey gravy

This easy recipe for turkey gravy shows you how to make a proper top-notch gravy.

Beef gravy

Beef gravy

An easy beef gravy for Sunday lunch

Get-ahead gravy

Get-ahead gravy

Get-ahead at Christmas and make this gravy in advance to avoid added stress on Christmas Day.

Whisky gravy

Whisky gravy

This Scottish-inspired whisky gravy is an ideal match for our haggis-stuffed turkey. See our Scottish menu.

 


More sauces

Almond aïoli

Almond aïoli

This is a stunning accompaniment to roast turkey, and a good alternative to bread sauce for Christmas Day.

Horseradish sauce for beef

Horseradish sauce for beef

Beef without horseradish sauce is like a car without wheels. Make your own for a roast that's really special.

Cumberland sauce with cranberries

Cumberland sauce with cranberries

Cumberland sauce with cranberries is a tasty companion for any meat, cold or hot.

Cumberland sauce

Cumberland sauce

You can't have glazed ham without Cumberland sauce, so here's our definitive recipe.

 

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